Tue, Mar 18, 2008
Instructor, Student Both From USMC
The Navy has released the names of the crew members killed in
the March 14, 2008 downing of a T-34 Turbomentor near Ashville, AL.
The deceased are Maj. David Yaggy, instructor pilot, and 2nd Lt.
Alexander Prezioso, both from the US Marine Corps.
The two Marines were members of Training Squadron 6 at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field.
Yaggy, 34, was a native of Sparks, Md. and a combat decorated
UH-1N Huey pilot with 10 Air Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal with combat "V".
Prezioso, 23, was a native of Lake Worth, FL and a 2006 graduate
of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was a student in
primary flight training at the base, and had been a Marine for
nearly two years.
As ANN reported, the
Turbomentor impacted mountainous terrain at approximately 1,500
feet MSL. Local media described conditions at the accident site, at
the base of Chandler Mountain, as "foggy."
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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